10/31/14 8:54am

Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of October 31-November 2 with track work beginning at 10 p.m. Friday (TONIGHT)  through closing Sunday.

This weekend, Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will operate every 20 minutes, rather than every 12 minutes. Red Line trains will operate every 15 minutes with additional trains providing service every 8-10 minutes between Van Ness and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours.

NOTE::  Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 2. At that time, clocks will “fall back” to 1 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Metrorail will remain open until its normal closing time of 3 a.m. “new time” (Eastern Standard Time).

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10/31/14 8:37am
Open House signs in Alexandria, Virginia

There are dozens of homes for sale with open houses in Alexandria, Virginia scheduled for this weekend, November 1-2, 2014. You can view them at this link. Rentals with open houses are at this link.

Looking for a home in the Alexandria, Virginia area? Click this link to see the area’s best homes for sale and for rent with our listings.

Got a home to sell or rent? Add it to our listings at this link and get a beautiful, well-organized listing that works across PC, tablet and mobile in minutes.

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10/31/14 8:15am

REMINDERPlease consider sharing a photo of your own pet by emailing it to me at lee[at]redbricktown[dot]us or drop it in our Flickr Pool. Please let us know the name of your pet and the neighborhood where you live.

We Alexandrians L O V E love our pets. For today’s pet photo of the day, here is our Bea wishing everyone in Alexandria, Virginia a Happy Halloween! Bea lives with us in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Pet photo of the day -a Happy Halloween
10/30/14 10:37pm

The City of Alexandria has joined the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) in a regional effort to collect blankets for refugees who have fled Syria and other countries for Turkey due to the violence in the Middle East. Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille, Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova, and Loudoun County Board Chairman Scott York are co-chairs for this year’s effort.

Last year, the Northern Virginia community collected nearly 18,000 blankets to help Syrian refugees in Turkey. Since that time, matters have only grown worse, with more than one million Syrian refugees living in Turkey alone. With further unrest in Iraq, the number of refugees entering Turkey is increasing.

This year’s blanket drive will take place from November 1 until noon on November 22.  The goal is to fill several shipping containers that will be sent to a local relief agency in Turkey, where they will be delivered to the refugee families.

Those wishing to make donations are asked to drop off new or gently used blankets (cleaned and folded; no sheets, please) to one of the following City locations:

City Hall
301 King Street
Market Square Lobby
Weekdays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Beatley Central Library
5005 Duke Street
Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Residents and businesses are urged to support this effort and encourage their neighbors, friends, community organizations, and others to help. “I have looked into the eyes of the families impacted by this tragedy and I know personally how much they are hurting after being violently displaced from their homes,” said Mayor Euille. “Every donation goes a long way in helping them achieve some peace in these very difficult circumstances.”

For more information, or to make a financial contribution to help purchase blankets, visit: http://helpsyrianrefugees.us/

10/30/14 10:07pm

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Public Input Sought on Coordinated Park Plan

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is hosting a public open house on Thursday, November 6 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 2900 Business Center Drive to receive public input on a coordinated park plan for Cameron Run Regional Park, Lake Cook, Hensley Park, and the Clermont Natural Area. The plan also addresses the connection of the open space and trail systems with Holmes Run Park and Trail, Tarleton Park, Ben Brenman Park and Armistead Boothe Park. In addition, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) is seeking a long-term lease extension from the City for the Cameron Run Regional Park site.

The purpose of the meeting is to share the results of a citywide survey that identified community needs for NOVA Parks’ features in Alexandria and provide staff with recommendations for short and long-term improvements to the park and trail system. Staff will develop draft coordinated park plan ensuring that the park and trail system serves Alexandria needs now and into the future.

Individuals who are unable to attend meeting may send written comments to the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, Attention: Laura Durham, City Open Space Coordinator, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA 22314; e-mail laura.durham@alexandriava.gov; or fax to 703.684.6826 by 5 p.m. Thursday, November 13.

Following the open house, the Park and Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing on the staff developed draft-coordinated plan on Thursday, November 20 at 7 p.m. at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St.

Attendees should park at the Witter Recreational Fields parking lot, 2700 Witter Dr., adjacent to the meeting location. Directions:

  • West from Landmark Shopping Center: Travel west on Duke St. to right onto Witter Drive. Parking is available in lot on right.
  • East from Old Town Alexandria: Travel east on Duke St. to left turn onto Witter Drive. Parking is available in lot on right.

For additional information, contact Laura Durham, City Open Space Coordinator, at 703.746.5493.

10/30/14 5:52pm

Calling ALL Veterans!

Polk Elementary School in Alexandria, Virignia is looking for area veterans to speak to their students on November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day!  Veterans would speak and answer questions for about 40 minutes starting at 8:15 AM with a few needed for a panel discussion with the whole 5th grade at 8:50 AM.

You can volunteer by a reply on Facebook or emailing TalktoPolkPTA @gmail.com.

(H/T Seminary Valley)